Highland Community News photo by James Folmer
San Bernardino code enforcement officers have bulldozed a house at 2816 Los Feliz, a few blocks northeast of Patton State Hospital, after it caught fire twice in two days,
City fire department spokeswoman Tracey Martinez said the house has been abandoned, but it has been used by transients on occasion. The first fire broke out at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30. A second blaze broke out at 9:45 a.m. the next morning.
Nobody was found inside and the cause is under investigation.
Capt. Richard Lawhead, leader of the San Bernardino Police Department’s Quality of Life team, said the decision to bulldoze the house was made to keep out transients and protect the public. It will remain fenced off for at least 60 days as crews check for asbestos and other hazardous materials.
A neighbor, Adam Riviera, said he had never met the occupants but said police had been there several times.
Online reports indicate it was foreclosed. A Trulia website was asking $300,000 for the four-bedroom, two-bath 1,800-square-foot house. It was scheduled to go up for auction on Dec. 26 in a Chino courthouse.
It was originally sold for $120,000 in 1995.